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Continued: 'Maidens' sex abuse case took 2 years before charges were filed

He’d like to see Barnard brought to justice not only for the victims — but for the followers.

Despite the allegations, many congregants continue to worship with Barnard. A conviction could free them of Barnard’s deceptions, he said.

“They’re good people,” Larsen said, “but they’re so deluded.”

 

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  • Authorities have charged Victor Barnard (above in photo) with 59 counts of sexual assault involving two underage followers. The faces of the followers with Barnard, who is still at large, have been blurred to protect their identities.

  • Prosecutors in Pine County took two years to file charges against minister Victor Barnard, above, who is charged with 59 counts of sexual misconduct involving two of his underage followers.

  • Victor A. Barnard, 52, who has yet to be apprehended but is believed to be in Washington state, was charged in Pine County last week with 59 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct after a Sheriff‚Äôs Office investigation that spanned years. His last known address was in Finlayson, Minn.

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